Personality: Edward G. Hamlin Jr.

An award from one of Richmond’s oldest African-American organizations would be an extraordinary honor for just about anyone. For Edward Ganon Hamlin Jr., his award reaffirms his close connection to a group that has helped him “define what a man ...

Area events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luher King Jr.

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the “Drum Major for Justice,” will be celebrated across the Metro Richmond area. While the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader is Monday, Jan. 20, area events will be held ...

Exhibit focusing on the enslaved at Monticello to open Jan. 18 at Black History Museum

An exhibit exploring the lives of the enslaved community at Monticello and owned by Thomas Jefferson is opening Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia in Jackson Ward.

National Day of Racial Healing events to be held next week

Richmond will join in marking the National Day of Racial Healing next week with a series of events that will extend beyond the actual day, Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Niecy Nash, 'Pose' cast and others to be honored by Essence

Emmy winner Niecy Nash, the groundbreaking cast of the hit television series “Pose,” Grammy-winning music video director Melina Matsoukas and “Captain Marvel” actress Lashana Lynch will be honored at the 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Rooted in history: Haitian influence on NOLA cuisine

Ricardo Jean-Baptiste was born in Haiti. In the United States, he became a chef. He moved to New Orleans in 2015 for a job at a large hotel that caters to tourists and conventioneers.

Personality: Dr. Rodney P. Gaines

Most college professors start their spring semesters re-energized from the holiday break with memories of family gatherings and stories of whirlwind vacations. Dr. Rodney Perry Gaines is heading back to Hampton University with something quite unique under his belt: The ...

Golden Globes so white? Critics blast lack of diversity among winners

The 2020 Golden Globe Awards, presented Sunday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, drew criticism this week for its lack of winners of color.

Local premiere of 'The Unity Ride' on Jan. 16

“The Unity Ride,” a new documentary from Richmond’s Soulidifly Productions about two cyclists traveling an old slave escape route on the Underground Railroad, is to premiere 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 ...

Johnson Publishing artwork going on auction block

Bankrupt Johnson Publishing Co., the former owner of Ebony and JET magazines, will sell off art that once decorated the company’s Chicago headquarters. Among the art to be auctioned Jan. 30 at a New York gallery will be paintings, sculptures ...

Personality: Savon Shelton Sampson

As 2020 begins, Savon Shelton Sampson is readying for an “exciting” new year serving as president of the Junior League of Richmond.

'What is your wish for the new year?'

As we ring in 2020, many people are looking forward to the new year with a sense of hope and increased opportunity. The Richmond Free Press took to the street to ask Richmond area residents: “What is your wish for ...

Richmond Public Library opens exhibit, 'Evicted in Richmond," on Friday

The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch in Downtown is hosting a new exhibit on one of the city’s biggest problems — evictions.

Community forum Jan. 7 on the past, present and future of black business

“Can We Get Down to (Black) Business?” is the title of a community conversation at The Valentine from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the museum, 1015 E. Clay St., it has been announced.

Looking back at 2019

The past 12 months have seen a lot of highs and lows, with the Richmond Free Press there documenting events and life in and around Richmond. Photographers have captured through their work many of those ups and downs — from ...


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